Supreme Judge Naqe Georgiev, caught red-handed with a bribe of 10.000 euros, is awaiting detention

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The Public Prosecutor's Office for prosecuting organized crime and corruption against Judge Georgiev and against the member of the Council of Public Prosecutors, Idjet Memeti, is conducting an investigation into the crime of receiving a reward for illegal influence, for which, according to the Criminal Code, they can receive from one to 10 years in prison.

Supreme Judge Naqe Georgiev is expected to end up in custody this afternoon after yesterday afternoon the police caught him in the act of accepting a bribe of 10.000 euros, and at an emergency midnight session the Judicial Council took away his immunity.
A prosecutor from the Public Prosecutor's Office for prosecuting organized crime and corruption against him and the member of the Council of Public Prosecutors, Ijet Memeti, is investigating the crime of receiving a reward for illegal influence, for which, according to the Criminal Code, they can receive from one to 10 years in prison. Searches were carried out in the Supreme Court and in the headquarters of the Council of Public Prosecutors, where the offices of Judge Georgiev and the member of the JO Council, Memeti, were inspected, as well as in their homes.

Caught "in flagrante"

"Following a previous report by the son of a defendant in a case being conducted in the Public Prosecutor's Office for the prosecution of organized crime and corruption, yesterday, in the afternoon, the Ministry of Internal Affairs carried out an action in which an active supreme judge was deprived of his liberty. On the basis of the notification submitted by the Ministry of Interior, BJB, Department of Criminal Police, Department of Economic Crime and Corruption, the public prosecutor in question from the Public Prosecutor's Office GOKK issued an order to conduct an investigative procedure against two persons, for whom there is a well-founded suspicion that they have committed a crime receiving a reward for illegal influence from Article 359 of the CC. "According to the information received from the complainant, the first suspect, using his official position and assumed influence, falsely promised favors for the accused (the complainant's father) in another procedure that is being conducted before the GOKK Public Prosecutor's Office and falsely represented that they would exert influence together with the second suspect," said the Public Prosecutor's Office. .

The prosecutor in question, it is added in the announcement, in addition to the proposals for a search of several locations, appreciating that the conditions have been met, submitted to the Basic Criminal Court Skopje a proposal for the determination of the detention measure for the first suspect.

- Given that we are talking about a judge in the highest court in the country - the Supreme Court, who enjoys immunity, and who was caught "in flagrante" in the commission of a crime, the proposal through the Basic Criminal Court has been submitted for decision to the Judicial Council of RSM, who took away his immunity during the night, after which today the Basic Criminal Court Skopje will decide on the proposed measure. The evidence collected and the searches carried out up to this point provide a legal basis for the public prosecutor in question to propose detention only for the first suspect, who was caught in the commission of the crime, while in relation to the second suspect up to this point the evidence does not provide grounds for proposing the strictest measure for security. The investigation continues until a complete verification of all circumstances and allegations - the Prosecutor's Office announced today.

The Judicial Council stripped Georgiev of his immunity at an urgent midnight closed session.

– The Judicial Council decided at the request of the Basic Criminal Court Skopje to revoke the immunity of a judge and to approve the detention of a judge and made the following decisions: it revokes the immunity of a judge of the Supreme Court of RSM due to the smooth conduct of the criminal proceedings; approved the request for approving the detention of a judge of the Supreme Court of RSM, submitted by a judge of a previous procedure, and temporarily removed him from performing the function of a judge, until the final conclusion of the criminal procedure - announced the Judicial Council.

According to the information, the complainant of Judge Georgiev and Memeti is the son of the convicted ex-mayor of Novo Selo Boro Stojchev, who recorded them with a mobile phone while they were asking him for money to allegedly help in a case against his father. Boro Stojchev is known to the public after the case when he was caught trying to smuggle cigarettes on the Macedonian-Bulgarian border, for which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and his sentence was later reduced by six months.

A controversial career

Judge Georgiev is known to the public for several controversial cases. Last year in June, he was elected a member of the Judicial Council, but before taking the oath in the Assembly, he had to resign, so that the Judicial Council could elect his son Kiril Georgiev as a judge. The resignation was inevitable, because according to the law, a person who is directly related to a member of the Judicial Council cannot be elected as a judge or a lay judge. After his resignation, Georgiev returned to his previous position – supreme judge, where he came from the position of president of the Court of Appeal in Shtip. From the time he was in charge of the Stip appeal, a dismissal procedure was conducted against him in the Judicial Council for a case in which three of his colleagues were dismissed. The case against Georgiev before the Judicial Council came immediately after his candidacy as a member of the Judicial Council, that is, after the Council confirmed his candidacy, it stopped the procedure for his dismissal in a secret session. In the elections for a member of the Judicial Council from among the Supreme Judges, only Georgiev was a candidate, while during the voting his colleagues crossed out the ballots and made them invalid, but the law allows someone to be elected as a member of the Council with only one vote. and despite the boycott by his colleagues, Supreme Judge Georgiev became a member of the Judicial Council.

His career in the Council lasted very short and after his resignation, last year, in July, that seat is vacant and is expected to be filled soon in the new elections for two members of the Judicial Council.

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